Non-Nuclear Stress Test and Stress Echo Test

Purpose:

These tests allow doctors to determine how well your heart functions when it is made to work harder. This is done by acquiring EKG (sometimes we add ultrasound images of the heart) at time of stress in order to assess any blockage in the heart arteries.

Preparation:

  1. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
  2. Unless otherwise advised by your doctor, take all medications as prescribed with the exception of the following:
    • 48 hours prior to the test, do not take any of the following medications unless otherwise advised by your doctor: Viagra (sildenafil), Levitra (vardenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), Persantine (dipyridamole), Aggrenox, Dipyridamole.
    • 12 hours prior to the test, do not take any COFFEE/CAFFEINATED PRODUCTS and any of the following medication unless otherwise advised by your doctor: Theodur (theophylline), carvedilol(coreg), metoprolol(Lopressor), atenolol, bisoprolol, Cardizem(diltiazem), digoxin, verapamil.

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